Scientists Design New Material to Harness Power of Light
“Scientists have long known that synthetic materials—called metamaterials—can manipulate electromagnetic waves such as visible light to make them behave in ways that cannot be found in nature. That has led to breakthroughs such as super-high resolution imaging. Now, UMass Lowell is part of a research team that is taking the technology of manipulating light in a new direction.
The team—which includes collaborators from UMass Lowell, King’s College London, Paris Diderot University and the University of Hartford -has created a new class of metamaterial that can be “tuned” to change the color of light. This technology could someday enable on-chip optical communication in computer processors, leading to smaller, faster, cheaper and more power-efficient computer chips with wider bandwidth and better data storage, among other improvements. On-chip optical communication can also create more efficient fiber-optic telecommunication networks…”
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